|According to Ziggy, at least six months of time and labour were invested in the surfacing alone on this car. A precision instrument called a digital caliper was used to measure the alignment of each of the panels. Ziggy strived to attain a consistent three-millimetre gap on all opening panels,a massive improvement over the consistency of the original factory tolerances.
The front guards were sliced and shifted closer to the bonnet. A similar approach was taken on the boot lid to achieve the mandatory three millimetres throughout. The body sills, lower quarters and rear beaver panel were all handmade and designed to extend a further 40 millimetres lower than standard to help achieve the vehicle’s tough stance.
For what was intended to be a race car, this may sound like overkill, and perhaps it is, but the end result unashamedly embraces the best of race grunt and classic road style.
The interior sports a sharp, clean and simplistic finish while stylishly housing all the race-required equipment. The roll cage was built into the interior’s trim in order to meet both race and show specs and incorporates an X-frame with harness mounts. Gauges, air vents and audio controls are rounded to fit in with the era of the car’s design.
The gauges were all designed by Ziggy and then custom-made, while the Clarion control pod is a marine unit. The entire audio system, with the exception of the Clarion control pod, is hidden within the vehicle’s trim work and interior panelling so as not to detract from the race feel.
The Muzzy is powered by a 427-cubic inch small-block Windsor. The mill is estimated to be capable of around 650 horsepower and was built by Pro Flo Performance. As you’d expect with a project originally intended to produce a race car, the pennies weren’t spared on the internals.
The air/fuel mix is supplied by a Holley 850 carburettor via an Edelbrock manifold. The mix is then compressed into the Edelbrock heads by a set of JE competition pistons and the crank shaft and conrods are heavy-duty Eagle units. Ignition is handled by an MSD Blaster. Removal of the exhaust gases is provided by Ziggy’s own dual system matched to Flowmaster mufflers.
Getting all of that power to the back wheels requires the correct driveline set-up in order for the car to be competitive on race day. The gearbox is a Tremec TKO five-speed manual with a McLeod clutch in front. The diff set-up is a Strange six-inch 3.5:1 PosiTrac.
Stopping power on the Muzzy is provided by a set of Baer/Alcon six-piston monoblock brake callipers with 13.5-inch rotors, while cornering and stability is handled by TCI with RSS struts and Eibach springs up front. Triangulated four-link suspension and Varishock adjustable shocks are installed at the rear.
This is one of those cars where the more you look, the more you find. This classic Mustang represents American muscle car royalty. Tough and raw yet also sophisticated and easy on the eye.
With all the blood, sweat and tears that has gone into this automotive work of art, the million-dollar question is: Will the owner race it now that it’s complete? Greg Sadler says the owner is yet to decide, but if this creamy classic was yours, would you?